Friday, 9 March 2012

Want a Wildlife Conservation Job in Australia?

Competition running from 24 February - 30 June 2012
The South Australian Tourism Commission, working in association with STA Travel and Tourism Australia, is offering travellers the chance to win a job as a conservation assistant on Kangaroo Island.

This job offer is part of a wider campaign designed to boost awareness of the opportunities for young people in Australia. It’s obviously part of an Australian tourist promotion but as far as I can see the jobs are real, although they are deemed to be ‘prizes’ to be won so if they’re half as popular as Tourism Queensland’s 2009 ‘Best Job in the World’ - competition will be fierce.

In South Australia there is an opportunity to work on Kangaroo Island as a conservation assistant on Seal Bay. Kangaroo Island is a fabulous island off the Adelaide coast & is famed for its abundance of free roaming native wildlife. Seal Bay Conservation Park is one of only two places in the world where visitors can get up close to a breeding colony of rare Australian sea lions.
In Victoria there is an opportunity to work as an environmental assistant on Phillip Island Nature Park, which is just off the Melbourne coast. This is the location of the 2010 BBC documentary - Penguin Island - successful candidates can expect to work with penguins, koala and other native Australian wildlife.
In Tasmania there is an opportunity to work with a conservation project on Bruny Island, which is just off the southern tip of Tassie. The job is likely to involve working with native Australian wildlife with some time checking marine life on the Southern Ocean.

Flights, the job and visa fees are all included in the prize. To be in with a chance of winning one of these jobs go to

Criteria for a Working Holiday Visa:
- must be between 18 and 30 years old
- must have a British passport with one year validity or more
- must have no dependent children
- must show sufficient funds for a return/onward fare and for the first part of the stay
- be of good character and meet the health criteria

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